Even though it premiered at The Venice Film Festival there have not been much news about Brady Corbet’s The Childhood of a Leader until today. The studio has released the first trailer of the post-WWI drama starring Bérénice Bejo, Liam Cunningham, Stacy Martin, Yolande Moreau, Robert Pattinson, and Tom Sweet.

Take a look at the first trailer and poster for the ambitious first film by actor turned director below.


The Childhood of a Leader will screen at BMAcinemaFest on June 23rd and will be released by Sundance Selects. No U.S. release date has been slated as of yet.

Independent film mainstay Brady Corbet (Mysterious Skin, Martha Marcy May Marlene) delivers one of the most audacious directorial debuts of the year (winning two major awards at the Venice Film Festival) with this allegory of totalitarianism in the wake of World War I. Loosely inspired by the writings of Jean-Paul Sartre and Margaret MacMillan, The Childhood of a Leader is a nightmarish coming-of-age tale charting the early stirrings of despotism in a French choirboy (chillingly assured newcomer Tom Sweet), whose father is a high-ranking diplomat assisting President Woodrow Wilson in the signing of the Treaty of Versailles. Corbet’s ambitious reflection on the dark forces of history features a special appearance by Robert Pattinson and a thunderous orchestral score by avant-garde icon Scott Walker.

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